Archive - Steve Peterson

West Coast Editor

Steve Peterson has been in the game business for 30 years now as a designer (co-designer of the Champions RPG among others), a marketer (for various software companies) and a lecturer. Follow him on Twitter @20thLevel.

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4 Apple sells 37 million iPhones but profits dip in Q1

A year ago The company also sold 19.5 million iPads in the quarter, but gross margins fell

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11 Chris Roberts: I can be more profitable than AAA games on a fifth of sales

A year ago The veteran developer talks about Star Citizen's development process, the problems with big publishers and whether the PS4 may see his game

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BBC aspires to Defiance-like transmedia approach

A year ago Robert Nashak, BBC's EVP for digital, explains how the company deals with its vast array of IP and why BBC is so excited for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox

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4 Game Marketing: "If the rules of the game aren't working, change the rules"

A year ago Sessions on the growth of eSports, The Walking Dead's marketing, and the “wild wild west” of Google Play reveal how some are reaching new audiences

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8 Microsoft keeps quiet, but the numbers say change is needed

Opinion A year ago There was barely a hint of a new console in Microsoft's earnings call, but Xbox unit sales continue to decline

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25 Gordon Walton: Publishers see devs as "replaceable meat puppets"

A year ago Veteran exec laments the treatment of dev teams, talks about Riccitiello's struggle, and predicts Activision's business ending in "catastrophe"

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7 Life After Disney: Warren Spector's Exit Interview

A year ago Veteran dev says he "doesn't understand" Junction Point's closure, triple-A is "soul crushing" and expresses interest in mobile and episodic

3 Digital game sales growing 33%

A year ago GDC 2013: Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital present data on the growing digital game market across the world

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5 GameStop: Wii U sales “disappointing” but PS4 purchase intent "strong"

A year ago GameStop saw revenue drop 7% last year, projects flat revenue for 2013 in best case

Top mobile games have new competition

A year ago The App Annie Index for February shows a diverse collection of old and new games and some surprising shifts

1 How ethical design can be a money-maker

A year ago GDC 2013: Shellrazer designer describes the key to monetization and in-app purchases; it's all about respect for the players

Zynga.com makes Facebook optional

A year ago Zynga reduces its reliance on Facebook as it adds more games to its own platform

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5 Ex-EA execs weigh in on CEO transition

A year ago One EA veteran calls Riccitiello the main reason EA stopped kicking ass

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14 LucasArts: A Publisher In Limbo

A year ago Rumors are swirling about a possible shutdown; game production is said to continue for now, but the future direction under Disney is very unclear

3 EA stock jumps after Riccitiello announcement

A year ago Investors apparently approve of the change

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14 Zynga now sees tablets "becoming the ultimate game platform"

A year ago Steve Chiang, Zynga's president of games, talks about the "land grab in mobile" and how Zynga is changing its gaming slate

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2 Facebook game makers: "Ignore the audience at your peril"

A year ago Rebel Entertainment CEO Mike Goslin talks about the changing nature of Facebook games and how to find and keep players

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City Interactive: PC gaming to benefit from next-gen console push

A year ago CEO Marek Tyminski talks about the success of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 and how the PC market is on the rise, thanks in part to next-gen

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1 Jordan Weisman: Kickstarter like a "high wire act with no net"

A year ago Harebrained Schemes boss says dealing with a Kickstarter audience is “both really gratifying and enormously scary”

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1 Braindex aims to "connect the dots” between gaming and entertainment

A year ago The startup on creating interactive game shows for tablets

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10 Garriott's new RPG is "the antithesis of MMOs"

A year ago Lord British looks to Kickstarter for new PC/tablet project, Shroud of the Avatar; it's a "chance to go back to his roots" he tells us

Games dominate January app revenue

A year ago Seven of the top ten iOS downloads are new to the top ten

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8 Making League of Legends "more like Monday Night Football"

A year ago How Riot Games is trying to bring eSports to a mass audience around the world

14 Newell: Steam Box customer testing in 3-4 months

A year ago Valve head says controllers still being developed

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2 Acquiring mobile game players: “It's not getting any easier”

A year ago Facebook's new mobile ad platform can help drive down costs - Cie Games CEO Dennis Suggs explains